Ceiling beams break up the concrete, while an outdoor rug sets the foundation for comfort. Drapery provides coziness, but also privacy for this space, just off the master bedroom. Designer Bea Pila incorporated daybeds and sofas, as opposed to individual upright seating, to promote relaxation and connection. Tree trunk elements were incorporated to take away from a matched set look.
This courtyard terrace set in the wooded edge of Point Lorna, California, evokes the subtle comforts of a European country estate, including this plush cushioned wicker sofa layered with neutral throw pillows. In the background, a minimalist garden water feature streams from the base of a blossoming multi-trunked decorative tree.
In the master bedroom opposite the bed, a sitting area occupies the space. A double set of trunk style dressers gives the homeowners plenty of storage for their clothes, while clear table lamps provide lighting for this corner of the room. A chair makes this area a perfect place to grab a good book or simply sit and relax.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
You may not think of a chipmunk as a pest, but when it starts digging under shrubs or patios, your view may change. Chipmunks actually cause the costliest damage to established landscapes, unseating retaining walls, destabilizing walkways and even killing mature roses or shrubs (by digging directly under the trunk). Once chipmunks dig tunnels, other critters arrive to set up housekeeping in those tunnels, including voles, shrews and snakes. Chipmunks visit gardens with bird feeders and other ready sources of food or water. An outdoor cat or dog can help keep these critters at bay, as can garlic oil pegs you toss into tunnels or various repellents you sprinkle onto flower beds or near tunnel openings.